If you have vowed to start a weight loss plan, you have mastered the first step. Planning your weight loss plan and actually sticking to it takes time, patience, motivation, and determination. Often times, people start a specific plan but don’t pull through to see the end results they desire. Learning how to personalize a special plan that will work for you is essential because everyone gets through their weight loss journey differently. Just two weeks of eating healthier can be a great start, get you on the right track, and help you adhere to a set routine. This will make it a lot easier to sail through the rest of the month or months, depending on how long you make your plan.
Making a weight loss plan takes preparation and some planning ahead. Not being prepared is an easy way to get off track and sabotage your plan. Plan your meals and snacks a week in advance so that you assure yourself you will be eating healthy meals that week. When getting groceries, only buy healthy foods so that when you come back from a long day at work, you open your refrigerator to only healthy foods. If you decide you want to eat out that day, look at the restaurant’s menu in advanced to scan for the healthier dishes.
Making rules for yourself is a great way to personalize your weight loss plan because these are YOUR rules— nobody else’s. These guidelines will help you stay committed and serves as a guide to follow each day. Make rules such as “no candy or sugar at all” or “do 50 crunches before bed each night”. Write these rules down and hang them where you can see them clearly. Following these rules will help you form a distinct habit and eventually, you won’t even have to look at the rules to be reminded. Once the habit forms you will be more likely to automatically follow your rules.
Tip: Tell your close friends your weight loss rules so that they can help support your plan and prevent you from letting go. This can be a great help because it can be hard to stick to a plan when you are distracted with friends.
Keep a Food Diary
Keeping a food diary is a great way to track your plan and help you stick to your plan each day. Write down everything you eat and drink so that you can look back without having to remember off the top of your head. Writing things down actually helps you stay committed and reminds you what you are trying to achieve.
Motivate yourself Daily
This is an important step because throughout this process, staying motivated is what keeps you going one day after another. To keep your eye on the prize, write a list of reasons why you want to lose weight and how you will feel once you get to where you want. Reading this list every morning will remind yourself why you are putting in all of this hard work. You have reasons why you started the plan in the first place.
Reward Yourself for Achievements
Rewarding yourself as you meet mini goals is a way of reminding yourself that your weight loss plan is worth it and that you can do it. Determine which mini goals you want to reward yourself for and figure out how you want to reward yourself for those goals. Buying a small treat for yourself, whether it’s the pair of shoes you’ve wanted or just an afternoon outing is a great way to reward yourself.
Sticking to your plan 100% perfectly without any mistakes is unrealistic. Don’t expect to be perfect. If you fall off plan—which you will once or twice—don’t think it is the end of the world and that you should give up. If you allow room for a couple of mistakes, you will be amazed at how easy it is to get back on track. This step, for many people, seems to be the biggest hurdle. Don’t be that hard on yourself— you are human after all.